CFP: Conference on Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct

International conference on faculty and staff sexual misconduct

June 30 to July 2, 2019, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

Increasing attention being paid across the world to sexual and gender harassment and sexual violence occurring between students within universities. However, there remains a dearth of research and expertise globally on sexual misconduct carried out by faculty and staff in universities. This conference will bring together cross-disciplinary voices engaged in advocacy, research, and organisational change around power-based academic sexual misconduct in order to build a common understanding of the nature of the problem and to generate ways forward that are effective across international policy and legal frameworks. The conference will provide an international forum to discuss this issue, opening up a space for sharing resources, discussing barriers to change, and identifying successful practices. The event is being put on by a group of scholar-activists from the US and UK in receipt of a grant from the National Science Foundation (HRD-1836685). Information about the organising committee can be found here.

The primary purpose of this conference is therefore to share knowledge and build links between advocates, academics, survivors, experts, and other change-makers from different countries and contexts working on this topic. We would therefore particularly like to receive applications from attendees from outside the US and UK.

We will be aiming to have good representation of groups at the conference including non-US based activists/academics; attendees from countries from the Global South; current students; people of colour; people from disability communities; gender non-conforming attendees.

This conference is intended to be a safer and inclusive space. We are particularly keen to receive abstracts from advocates and academics from marginalised positions, whether due to disability, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, class background, or other multi-marginalised identities, and the conference will have a NO TOLERANCE policy for language, discrimination, or harassment/bullying based on sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, audism, and ableism. We welcome applications from survivors of staff/faculty sexual misconduct, as well as other forms of sexual violence. We also welcome suggestions for how to make the space as inclusive as possible for survivors and other marginalised groups. We would also like to receive applications for attendees who would like to participate remotely.

Financial support is available for some attendees, and those who would be unable to attend without this support will be prioritised. You can request financial support on the application form. Please do not rule yourself out if lack of money is a barrier to attending. Alternatively, you can apply to present or participate remotely. For the conference, we will be adopting the guidelines from this Accessible Conference Guide:

Application submission deadline: Please fill out this online form by Sunday 6 January 2019, midnight British Standard Time/8pm UTC

For further information see or tweet @FassmC or email

CFA: Political Theory Graduate Conference, London

LSE Political Theory Graduate Conference

The LSE Department of Government is pleased to announce its fifth Political Theory Graduate Conference to take place on 14th and 15th March 2019. The aim of the conference is to give graduate students working in the field of political theory (broadly conceived) an opportunity to present and discuss their projects with peers, receive feedback on work in progress, and build a wider community of graduate political theorists across the UK, Europe and beyond.

Papers on any theme or topic within political theory and political philosophy will be considered.

Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Please send your abstract to:

Do not place any identifying information in the abstract.

In the body of the e-mail, please detail your name, institutional affiliation and whether you wish to apply for a travel bursary – we have a limited budget based on need. If you do, please include also a brief paragraph describing your funding situation.

Acceptance notifications: late January.
All abstracts will undergo a double-blind review process.

Attendance is free of charge, and lunch and coffee will be served along with a complimentary dinner.

For any further questions, please contact: Temi Ogunye –
or Antoine Louette –

Scholarships for international women students: Montreal

The Carol Lee Price Scholarships

The Scholarships are specifically intended to attract and support women pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal. They are restricted to students who would otherwise have to pay international fees. Each scholarship is worth $32,450 CAD; up to three may be awarded each year.


Requirements (three categories)

The Carol Lee Price MA Scholarship in Human Rights and Social Justice:

Applicants shall have obtained: (1) a BA in Philosophy with high distinction and at least 21 credits (7 courses, or the equivalent in their country of origin, in either law, political science, sociology, economics or cognate disciplines; OR (2) a university degree (BA or higher) with high distinction in law, political science, sociology, economics or cognate disciplines, and at least 21 credits (7 courses), or the equivalent in their country of origin, in philosophy. Acceptable research areas proposed by the applicant for the MA include human rights, social justice, and related questions concerning legal and other social institutions and practices.

The Carol Lee Price MA Scholarship in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics:

Applicants shall have obtained: (1) a BA in Philosophy with high distinction and at least 21 credits (7 courses), or the equivalent in the country of origin, in Mathematics, OR (2) a BA in Mathematics with high distinction and at least 21 credits (7 courses), or the equivalent in their country of origin, in Philosophy. Acceptable research area topics for the MA are Logic, History and Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics.

The Carol Lee Price MA Scholarship in Ancient Philosophy:

Applicants shall have obtained: (1) a BA in Classics with high distinction and at least 21 credits (7 courses), or the equivalent in the country of origin, in Philosophy; OR (2) a BA in Philosophy with at least 21 credits (7 courses), or the equivalent in the country of origin in Classics. Since study of texts in the original languages is required, applicants are expected to know ancient Greek or Latin. Preference will be given to those who know both languages.

Application Instructions:

Applications for the Carol Lee Price Scholarships should be emailed to:

In addition to the regular admissions application, which consists of providing the official transcripts of all post-secondary schools attended, three letters of reference, and a sample of writing in the range of 2,500-3,750 words (see admission requirements), the applicant shall provide a two-page statement of a research project in one of the following areas: Philosophy of Human Rights, Philosophy of Law, Social and Political Philosophy, Logic, History and Philosophy of Logic; Philosophy of Mathematics; or Greek or Roman Philosophy.

Deadline for Applications: February 1, together with the regular admissions application.

For additional information, please contact our Graduate Program Director, Department of Philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal, at

CFP: Moral and Political Philosophy at the Border

The Moral and Political Philosophy at the Border Conference aims to highlight philosophical research in moral, social, and political philosophy. We welcome work in any area of moral and political philosophy since one aim of this conference is to enrich the dialogue at the border about issues in these areas. We especially encourage work relevant to philosophical issues about the border such as immigration and human rights.

We invite submissions from undergraduate students for poster presentations and from graduate students and faculty for paper presentations. We plan to allocate a certain number of sessions for presentation in Spanish, and we will consider submissions in either English or Spanish.

Interested applicants should send an abstract of no more than 1,000 words (300 words for undergraduate poster submissions) prepared for blind review to: no later than December 15, 2018. Full papers should be suitable for a 30 minute presentation. Applicants can expect to receive notification of acceptance by the end of January.

We anticipate the ability to provide modest scholarships to student presenters who will be traveling from low GDP countries, with the aim of helping to offset travel expenses. If you qualify for such a scholarship, and you would like to apply, please indicate this in your initial email.

This event is made possible through generous support from Hypatia, the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies at UTEP, and the Humanities Program at UTEP.

Grete Hermann: neglected philosopher of physics

Do check out this short video!

In the early 20th century, Newtonian physics was upended by experiments that revealed a bizarre subatomic universe riddled with peculiarities and inconsistencies. Why do photons and electrons behave as both particles and waves? Why should the act of observation affect the behaviour of physical systems? More than just a puzzle for scientists to sort out, this quantum strangeness had unsettling implications for our understanding of reality, including the very concept of truth.

The German mathematician and philosopher Grete Hermann offered some intriguing and original answers to these puzzles. In a quantum universe, she argued, the notion of absolute truth must be abandoned in favour of a fragmented view – one in which the way we measure the world affects the slice of it that we can see. She referred to this idea as the ‘splitting of truth’, and believed it extended far beyond the laboratory walls and into everyday life. With a striking visual style inspired by the modern art of Hermann’s era, this Aeon Original video explores one of Hermann’s profound but undervalued contributions to quantum theory – as well as her own split life as an anti-Nazi activist, social justice reformer and educator.

Something worth reading on the internet

I really had come to the point where I thought no good could possibly come of further internet-based discussion of the UK Gender Recognition Act. I was wrong.

“Some feminists see no difficulty in reconciling a commitment to feminism with a commitment to the rights of trans people. Feminists of this persuasion tend to take the view that trans women are women and that, as such, they – like cis (i.e. non-trans) women – are part of the ‘constituency’ that is feminism’s primary concern. Trans people more broadly are also regarded as an oppressed group in their own right, and hence proper recipients of the solidarity of feminists who subscribe to the principle of ‘intersectionality’: the idea that the struggles against different forms of oppression – such as those relating to race, class, gender or sexuality – must be conceived of not as unconnected or competing struggles, but as fundamentally intermeshed.

But certain other feminists see things very differently. While expressing condemnation of transphobic violence and harassment, and affirming the right of trans people to live in dignity and safety, they contend that there is a deep tension between the demands of some trans women to access women-only spaces and a feminist concern for the safety and well-being of those born and raised female, who have often already been subject to violence and discrimination on the basis of their sex…

Ultimately, we think this argument fails. Yet, we also think that it is unhelpful to lump it together with arguments that are explicitly based on prejudice. While there is no shortage of unvarnished transphobes who continue to depict trans people as perverts, freaks or monsters, some of the feminists who are now raising concerns about the proposed reform of the GRA offer an argument that is at least in principle distinct from this rhetoric. We have seen from experience that this argument is, in some cases, succeeding in raising doubts about reform among people who are broadly sympathetic to trans rights and who would therefore reject overtly bigoted arguments without hesitation.”

Read on.

Obituary: Mary Midgley

We are saddened by the death of Mary Midgley, and we’d like to share with you this obituary which Ian Kidd is allowing both SWIP UK and Feminist Philosophers to share. I especially like the ending:

The best tribute to her, though, is to carry on the sort of work she exemplified and encouraged. At the International Women’s Day Conference at Durham in 2016, Liz McKinnell and I formally presented Mary with a copy of the festschrift we co-edited for her, entitled Science and the Self: Animals, Evolution, and Ethics: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley. Duly grateful, she offered her thanks, then turned to us and asked, “So, what’s next?” I don’t recall our answer, but it ought to be been a promise that we would crack on with the philosophical plumbing and do our best to help stop the flood of “muddled thinking”.

Here’sObituary-Mary Midgley-2 the full obituary.

Men discuss social coordination and communication

For information on why we call attention to conferences like this, see here.

orkshop on social coordination and communication

Organisers: Bart Geurts and Marc Slors (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Date: November 1, 2018
Venue: Radboud University, Elinor Ostrom building, EOS 1.350

Attendance is free, but seating is limited, so if you wish to attend, let us know: (Bart Geurts)


9:30 – 9:40 : Welcome

9:40 – 10:30 : Hannes Smit (Stellenbosch): Communication and semantics
10:30 – 11:20 : Bart Geurts (Nijmegen): Coordinated action for action coordination

11:20 – 11:40 : Break

11:40 – 12:30 : Michael Franke (Osnabrück): Co-evolution of lexical meaning and pragmatic use

12:30 – 13:30 : Lunch

13:30 – 14:20 : Frank Hindriks (Groningen): Institutions and virtual sanctions: how social norms motivate and justify
14:20 – 15:10 : Filip Buekens (Antwerp/Tilburg): Disputes about taste as pre-play conversations in coordination games

15:10 – 15:30 : Break

15:30 – 16:20 : Marc Slors (Nijmegen): Coordinating divided labour: the cognitive function of cultural conventions
16:20 – 17:10 : Ric Sims (Exeter): Mexican waves, Marc’s marbles and the after-party: emergent co-ordinators and continuous reciprocal normativity in extended cognition